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History of Murudeshwar
The name Murudeshwar, which is another name for Lord Shiva, finds its origins in the time of the Ramayana.
Ravana, the Lankan king wanted to attain immortality and prayed fervently to Lord Shiva for the same. Pleased by his prayers, Lord Shiva agreed to give Ravana the Atma-Linga (Soul of Shiva) on the condition that he would not place it on the ground before reaching Lanka. Ravana agreed and started on his journey home. To prevent him from obtaining immortality, Lord Ganesha and Lord Vishnu devised a plan to make Ravana drop the Atma-Linga.